Talent contests planned for summer fair

DEL MAR — This summer’s San Diego County Fair will offer talent of all types a venue to shineFirst, it will bring competitors (youth and teen) together to compete in not one, but three talents. “The Ultimate Triple Threat” will highlight the competitor’s skills in acting, singing and dancing this new competition is sure to test the versatility of the individual’s well-rounded artistic talent. The grand prize winner will be awarded $1,200, one dance-and-fitness pack from the Academy of Performing Arts, a one-year subscription to as well as a one-hour photo shoot with First and Orange. The deadline to enter is April 28.

The fair is also taking San Diego’s best Hip-Hop dancers to center stage for “Southern California’s Best Dance Crew.” Amateur and professional groups of five members or more may compete. Most of the dancing must be performed in a Hip-Hop style. Cash prizes will be awarded in two divisions: Youth/ Teen and Adult. The grand prize winner will be awarded $1,000. The deadline to enter is April 28.

Also returning to the fair will be the “Singer/ Songwriter” competition. This is a search for the best performances by a solo singer and showcase for original writing. The grand prize is $3,000, five hours of studio time from Recording Arts and Technology and one Taylor guitar. All performers must be 18 or older. The deadline to enter is April 28.

For its second year, the Fair welcomes back the “Cantautor Latino” contest. Featuring the best solo performance of an original song in Spanish, this contest has a grand prize of $3,000, four hours to Track Star Studios and one Taylor guitar. The deadline to enter is April 14.

For complete information on all of the fair’s talent competitions, go to and click on “Contests.” You can contact the Special Events Department at or call (858) 792-4259.